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By Land or by Sea: What Makes for the Best Diving?

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Our Truk Lagoon writer took 10 days to compare land-based (Blue Lagoon, featured in last month's issue) and shore-based diving on the Truk Odyssey to see if there was a clear winner. Now that you have read both stories, which would you do if you go to Chuuk? Stay on land or on a liveaboard? Because a lot of the time, it really boils down to that: a diver's personal preference for where to hang up his or her fins at the end of the day.

I regularly extoll the virtues of diving by liveaboard, where you spend a week or more with a close-knit group of like-minded scuba fanatics, doing nothing but diving, eating and sleeping. What could be better? Except for when you learn more about some shipmates and realize you can't get along with them, but there's nothing you can do about it in the confines of what now seems like a too-small boat, besides bailing ship. As our travel writer found out, the chances of spending your dive trip with a "Metamucil boy" are not that slim....

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